Saturday night, the Crimson Tide held a 12-point second half lead over visiting Xavier, only to let it slip away and lose in the end.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Against Oklahoma. And Duke. And Drexel. And South Florida. And Wichita State. And almost West Alabama for crying out loud.
And it’s not even Christmas yet.
Bama was outplayed in the second half, missed free throws like they were allergic to made baskets and couldn’t get critical stops on defense as its stoic head coach looked on, with little or no answers during or after the game.
With the loss, the Tide fell to 5-6 on the season…Anthony Grant’s fifth in Tuscaloosa. While I had high hopes for Grant and the disruptive defensive style he brought to the Capstone from VCU and Florida, I have more faith in Obamacare at this point. His plant hasn’t exactly taken root in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama basketball is bad. Really Bad. Like, as far as I’m concerned, the college basketball season isn’t even going on, bad.
I recently had a friend who lives and works in Tuscaloosa tell me he has a dozen tickets to every Bama home game, and if I ever wanted to come down and bring the family to let him know.
I smiled, nodded and thanked him. But in actuality, I would never, ever do that to my family. And if I were Nick Saban, no way a recruiting visit to T-town would include taking in a game. If they want to see a choke job just pop in the game film from this year’s Iron Bowl. No need reliving it in basketball form in live-action.
Under Grant Alabama has dipped its toe in the NCAA tournament but one time, and with six pre-conference season losses, is a virtual lock to miss it again this year.
So, my suggestion, let’s call the rest of the season off. There are football attendance counters at UAB who are laughing at the numbers announced for games already this season. And with night after night of dismal performances, it’s only gonna get worse.
Save the electricity; save the cost of operation. Let’s shut Coleman Colesium down until the 2014-2015 season and just call this one off.
The goal is to make it to the NCAA Tournament each year, so now that this is clearly an impossibility this season (the fourth time in five years), I say just shut ‘er down. Give yourself the death penalty before the SEC season gets here.
Next Saturday the Tide travels UCLA to lose to the Bruins before coming home for one last home loss to Robert Morris on January 4th. So the thing to do is go ahead and let the rest of the SEC know now that they’ll not have to worry with their games against Bama this year.
If Tide Athletic Director Bill Battle wants to keep Anthony Grant at the helm, that’s his business. But if I want to partake in the slop fest called Alabama basketball, that’s mine.
Grant’s pedigree seemed on par upon arrival. Now it seems like a quadriple bogey.
So let’s pack it in for this year and just try again next season. Hey, it worked all during the Dubose, Franchione, Price/Shula years in football. Time to give it a whirl on the hardwood.